Johannesburg - There’s good news and bad news for DStv subscribers. Let's start with the bad news first.
From the end of October the following channels will stop airing: CBS Action and Drama, AMC (which is home to Fear The Walking Dead) and True Movies.
General Manager for Content, Aletta Alberts, explained the rationale behind these changes. “Research has helped us identify some channels that weren’t popular or that had the same content as other existing channels.”
tvplus is still trying to find out if another channel will pick up the popular Fear The Walking Dead, which is currently airing the second half of its second season in America, so watch this space.
DStv will change many of its channels to HD. These include M-Net Movies All Stars, M-Net Family, Vuzu, Mzansi Wethu and kykNET & Kie as well as international favourites such as BBC First, HISTORY, Crime & Investigation and Food Network.
DStv will also add more channels to other DStv packages. Extra customers will get ITV Choice HD and Lifetime, Family customers will pick up M-Net Movies Stars HD, while EasyView customers will receive Jim Jam and Mzansi Music.
Extra customers will also be able to enjoy the specialist language channels: RAI, BVN, RTPI, TV5 Monde and Deutsche Welle.
There’s also a new DStv Explora decoder coming. The new Explora has the same extensive Catch Up service, the ability to rent up to 30 BoxOffice movies and internet connectivity for Catch Up Plus, Remote Recording and ShowMax.
This extensive content catalogue means subscribers are recording less on their Exploras, which is why DStv says that they’ve made the hard drive smaller to keep the decoder affordable. Customers can record up to 80 hours of HD content on their personal playlist (current Explora has 150 hours of HD recordings).
The new Explora gets a new A7 remote control, which incorporates features that customers have asked for. These include backlit buttons, which enables users to see it in the dark, the ability to easily programme it as a universal remote for your TV and music system, and a ShowMax button for one-touch access.
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